Anti-colonial vs. UN-colonial

Conservatives and Kenyan Sri Lankan anti-colonialists can agree on something — their disdain for the UN:

The power balance that existed in the United Nations Organization is no more with the collapse of Soviet Union. The UNO has become an instrument of colonialism. In addition to NGOs, Christian and Catholic churches and dispersed Tamils, the UN is also promoting colonialism.

Between the General Assembly and the Security Council, the UN can have a split personality at times — it has historically protected imperial interests and challenged them. But the evidence in this particular case is dubious. For instance, the West claims to want to promote freedom of speech, but:

The English speaking people in Sri Lanka think that there is freedom of speech in the USA. There is no freedom of speech. How many people in the US read newspapers?

I’m afraid that’s not the metric, even if you’re generous enough to include television news and online sources along with “newspapers”.

Colonialism and European integration

Writing about Asian unity, Mallika Shakya makes this excellent observation about Europe:

In Europe, it was initially the colonial stakes and later the fear of the Cold War which brought the nation states on board for regional integration.

Yes, yes, yes. Exactly. But many people seem to forget the former and focus on the latter. Especially as regards West Germany.

I really need to finish that manuscript.

Vote for Freedom

Early results from Kenya’s national elections show Uhuru Kenyatta taking the lead in the presidential poll.

Of course he’s winning. His name is “Freedom” — who wouldn’t vote for Freedom? Doesn’t hurt that he’s the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president.

Also apparently doesn’t hurt that he’s been charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.

Would Mitt have won in 2012 if he’d changed his name to Freedom? Or Uhuru?

Heaven forbid one make a fool of oneself

Brigadier-General Reginald E. H. Dyer testifying before the Hunter Commission about the Armistar massacre:

I think it quite possible that I could have dispersed the crowd without firing but they would have come back again and laughed, and I would have made, what I consider, a fool of myself.

But I imagine Fulford would suggest this was just an isolated incident?

(Via the latest episode of The Bugle.)